This is an all-time favorite picture book for summer in our house. Basically, it documents a day in the life of a large playground in a city park (based on Brooklyn's Prospect Park, but in many ways evocative of Lawrence's own South Park) , from dawn till dusk, with recurring appearances by a number of specific toddlers, dogs, and adults. There is something poignant and comforting about observing the course of one day, which begins with the early morning dog walkers, rises to a crescendo when the kids and heat arrive, and slows to silence as the day ends and a rainstorm moves in.
NYPL Staff Pick
Water, water everywhere, to swim, to splash, to drink. One day in the life of a park, told with aquatic flair.
Young readers who love extremely visual storytelling won't be able to resist this inviting book about the uses for water in a busy city park. Swimming dogs, thirsty cats, splashing toddlers, water balloon-throwing kids, and all kinds of city-dwellers visit the park throughout the day, and in the evening, a rainstorm sends everyone hustling indoors. Rhythmic, low-key text allows the rich illustrations to shine: bustling scenes of the park swarming with people and animals contrast with quieter moments of natural beauty, and kids will delight in searching for recurring characters on each deliciously detailed page. Fans of fascinating, intricate illustrations may also enjoy picture books by Arthur Geisert and Peter Spier.
Picture books newsletter August 2013
Wonderful illustrations accompany the story about the visitors who enjoy water (pond, fountains, rain, etc.) in the park.
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